JEFFERSON CITY – MBC Executive Director John Yeats is inviting Missouri Baptists to join him in eight days of preparation for this year’s Annual Meeting, to be held Oct. 28-30 in Kansas City.
To help in preparation, Yeats has released a booklet, “The Holy Way: Renewing our Covenant Commitments to Jesus Christ.” The booklet is available as a free download in PDF and eBook formats at mobaptist.org/annualmeeting.
“The booklet lays out a process to help God’s people prepare to renew their covenant commitments to Him,” said Yeats. “I encourage Missouri Baptists to use this booklet for private devotions or as a congregational tool.”
Yeats expressed gratitude to Claude V. King and LifeWay Press for preparing the booklet and allowing the MBC to customize it for Missouri Baptists.
“The Holy Way” features eight devotionals. Day one focuses on calling a sacred assembly. In Scripture, sacred assemblies are occasions for God’s people collectively to worship Him, to repent of personal and corporate sin, to remember His special blessings on them, and to anticipate future blessings.
Day two is a challenge to prepare personally. “Think about the kind of cleansing you may need morally, mentally, and spiritually to be prepared to meet with God,” King writes.
Day three is a call for believers to return to their first love, based on Jesus’ letter to the church in Ephesus (Rev. 2:1-7).
Day four encourages followers of Jesus to remove idols from their hearts – idols such as career, money, television and power.
Day five urges Christians to humble themselves and put away pride. It includes a checklist for revealing evidence of personal pride in believers’ lives.
Day six calls believers to be holy as God is holy. “Some sinful patterns may seem impossible to put away,” writes King, “but Jesus Christ won the victory over sin by His death and resurrection. You can ask God to help you live in the reality of Romans 6, which teaches that we have died to sin.”
Day seven inspires Christians to restore broken relationships, reminding readers that their offerings and even their worship are unacceptable to God if they have caused offenses and not sought reconciliation.
Day eight invites Christians to renew their covenant with God. King writes, “God is seated on His throne with open hands waiting for the sacrifice of your life. Pray about the life of love, obedience, and holiness you will bring to Christ. Return to Him with all your heart!”
“The Holy Way” booklets may be printed or shared electronically with others.